Learn the ropes at Hayling open day

Saskia Clark, right, and Hannah Mills won silver at London 2012

Saskia Clark, right, and Hannah Mills won silver at London 2012

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Olympic sailor Saskia Clark hopes to entice young and old to the sport for the first time at Hayling Island Sailing Club on bank holiday Monday.

The Olympic 470 silver medallist from London 2012 will be on hand to literally show novices the ropes throughout the open day at the club at Sandy Point in Hayling, overlooking the picturesque Chichester Harbour, from 10am-5pm.

Hayling’s fully-trained instructors will provide expert tuition to beginners.

And five one-hour land-based powerkiting taster sessions will also be held with world record breaker, Sam Lutman-Pauc, and instructor Dom Moore.

Clark said: ‘Sailing is a fantastic sport and is fun for the whole family.

‘We want as many people as possible who have never sailed before to take advantage of our “try sail day”.

‘Hopefully, we’ll discover a future Olympic medallist in the process!’

Clark competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but got amongst the medals in home waters last summer when, along with sailing partner Hannah Mills, she bagged silver for Team GB in the 470 women’s pair at Weymouth. The duo narrowly missed out on gold to New Zealand after going into the final race with a narrow lead.

The open day at Hayling Island is part of the Volvo Sailing Academy initiative, which is a series of free, family-friendly sailing and powerkiting experiences to introduce beginners, youngsters, adults and families, to the sport.

Monday’s event is run in conjunction with local Volvo dealership Cambridge Garage in Bedhampton Road, Havant, and sister business at Petersfield Business Park, Bedford Road.

For more information on the open day, log on to hisc.co.uk.

Places can also be booked for either an hour-long sailing or land-based power kiting session at volvo.intotheblue.biz

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